When you think drag radial records, you think low ride height, aerodynamic cars with powerful twin turbocharged powerplants under the hood with only the best of the best as far as suspension goes, along with all the other things needed for record-breaking performances. Well, Australian Daniel Nunziante is working with one of the three, as he has a four door, 1975 Ford Cortina packing a twin turbocharged, 632 cubic inch big-block Ford punch that rocked the Aussie record books at the Australian Pro Street Association event this past weekend at Sydney Dragway.
Nunziante brought over the world’s quickest and fastest man on radials, Floridian Kevin ‘Flash’ Fiscus, for his tuning expertise and his knowledge of finessing a radial car through the full 1,320-feet. Opening the APSA event, Daniel blasted to a 6.86-second shot at 210 mph, letting everyone on the property know that PSIDUP Motorsports meant business. After knocking down another 6.86 in the heat of the day, Daniel and team went back to the pits to get things lined out for the night session.
Under the bright Sydney Dragway lights, Nunziante and team rolled to the line with the two-step popping and flames bellowing out of the headers while on the chip alongside Steve Bezzzina’s leaf spring-equipped Ford Falcon. Leaving the line with a relatively soft (in RVW terms), 1.14 sixty foot time, Nunziante went 4.38 at 175 mph to the 1/8-mile, which is an Australian record in its own right as the first radial car to the 4.3-second range. From there, Nunziante gathering almost 50 mph in the backhalf, thanks to the dual Precision Turbos mounted up front, and the PSIDUP machine blasted the scoreboards with the quickest official radial pass on the continent: a 6.589 at 221.74 mph!
Daniel was quick to thank Glen Wells Racing Engines, Proformance Transmissions, ProTorque, AMS-2000, Speed Flow, Lucas Oil, Davis Traction and a host of other companies that have played a role in the realized potential of the first 6-second radial car in Australia. The team is rumored to be building a lighter, more purpose-built Ford Mustang for the radial world with power from a Pro Line Racing-built 481X powerplant, which would mimic the Fiscus/Klugger machine that just broke the 5-second barrier a few weeks ago. Like those in Oz, we’ll be tuned in to the PSIDUP Motorsports team to see their progress with the Cortina and the new hot rod as the season amps up.
Video credit: Fast Performance Videos